Have You Met… Carley Lizotte?

Have you met Carley, U School Classroom Facilitator? Spend the next few minutes getting to know her a little better.

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Have you met Carley, U School Classroom Facilitator? Spend the next few minutes getting to know her a little better.

In the winter time, I’m like a bear: I hibernate.

Mac and iPhone. I find that they’re more user friendly, and it’s what I’m used to.

I really identify with Marilyn Dumont’s work. She works here at the U of A as an instructor in the English and Native Studies departments. I took her Indigenous Literature class as an undergrad. I find that I can really relate to her poems and they speak to my lived experiences. She has a gift for evoking emotion with her words and bringing awareness to issues that are often left out or not talked about. Her poetry collection that tongued belonging honestly changed my life.

Probably Remedy. I get the butter chicken wrap or butter chicken dish, that’s the way to go.

The first time I came to the U of A I got lost. I was just starting my undergrad. I ended up taking the wrong number 4 bus, and instead of going home I went to the West Edmonton Mall.

I would love to see a boxing match with Muhammad Ali, that would be my dream.

I recently took up painting as a new hobby.

Don’t give up, remember where you came from, and realize your worth.

I would take them to the art gallery or another art exhibit in the city, maybe a show — sometimes there’s poetry events and live boxing in Edmonton which I love to go to.

Writing and reading poetry and non-fiction. Or listening to rap music.

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Carley Lizotte is a classroom facilitator for U School at the University of Alberta. She is an educator, storyteller, and poet. She was born and raised in the northern community of Fort Vermilion, Alberta, located along the Peace River on Treaty 8 Territory. Carley is part of the front line staff for the U School program. U School is a program run by the University of Alberta Senate that aims to introduce and connect students in grades 4 through 9 from socially vulnerable, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), and rural communities to the University of Alberta.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.